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All events at the Arboretum are free. We welcome people of all abilities and are committed to facilitating a safe and engaging experience for all who visit. To view our accessibility practices, please visit our Accessibility page. To request services such as an interpreter, wheelchair, or other assistance prior to attending an event, please contact us as soon as you register.

Upcoming Events

  • May 02
    Jun 30
    Manager of Plant Records Kyle Port presents the linden collection on Members' Tour Day, fall 2018

    Guided Tours

    Join us for a walk through the Arboretum! Tour seasonal plant highlights and learn about Arboretum history from a trained docent.

  • Jun 03
    Jul 25

    Art Show | Meaningful Beauty: The Vibrant Vocabulary of Honeysuckles

    This multimedia exhibition highlights the genus Lonicera (honeysuckle). Wendy Clement combines her Arboretum research on honeysuckle with the design initiatives of Chris Ault’s Interactive Multimedia class at The College of New Jersey, bringing an exciting insight into how plants use visual signals to communicate with the world around them.

  • Jun 27
    Sep 05

    Art Show | The Art of Nature/The Nature of Art

    This unique show brings together 14 book artists from the New England Book Artists organization who use the framework of a book to create a vision of nature. Works of art fold, accordion, and display cut-outs, treating the traditional art world of two-dimensions as something permeable, and the traditional book world as a place of personal discovery and reverence. (Left image: "Clematis" detail, Rebecca Goodale; Right image: "View From the Window" detail, Annie Lee-Zimerle)

    Exhibition Opens June 27
  • Jul 07
    Volunteer chatting with a visitor in the bonsai and penjing pavilion.

    Bonsai and Penjing Information

    Visit the Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion from 11am–1pm to learn about this collection of historic trees from our knowledgeable docents.

  • Jul 10
    Bonsai and Penjing pavillion

    Bonsai and Penjing Information

    Visit the Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion from 11am–1pm to learn about this collection of historic trees from our knowledgeable docents.

  • Jul 14
    Volunteer chatting with a visitor in the bonsai and penjing pavilion.

    Bonsai and Penjing Information

    Visit the Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion from 11am–1pm to learn about this collection of historic trees from our knowledgeable docents.

  • Jul 24
    Bonsai and Penjing Collection

    Bonsai and Penjing Information

    Visit the Bonsai and Penjing Pavilion from 11am–1pm to learn about this collection of historic trees from our knowledgeable docents.

  • Jul 29
    Oct 02
    Detail of quilt

    Art Show | Tree Ring Histories: The Quilts of Anna Von Mertens

    Working with international dendrochronologists, Anna Von Mertens culled source images of tree ring cross-sections from studies connecting climate variability and periods of human instability. The events represented in her quilts correlate to periods of drought recorded by the tree rings. Fading thread colors mirror and highlight historical events.

    Exhibition Opens July 29
  • Aug 12

    Oaks and Hickories Tour

    Stay cool under the soaring canopies of our oak and hickory collections. Join a staff expert for a tour of one of the oldest areas of the Arboretum, and enjoy the shade of some of our most venerable specimens.

    More Information Coming Soon
  • Sep 13

    Director’s Series | Journeys: The Arnold Arboretum Meets the World’s Plants and Peoples

    Join the Arnold Arboretum’s Director William (Ned) Friedman for the annual Director’s Series! To celebrate the Arboretum’s sesquicentennial, this year’s series will explore the Magic and Meaning of a Garden of Trees. Over the course of four sessions, we will trace the Arnold’s significance in the landscape architecture movement, value for the people of Boston, and leadership in creating global connections between plants and people. This session will consist of brief presentations and a moderated panel. The program is free and will be offered both in person and livestreamed.

  • Sep 17

    Abilities Dance Boston

    Join Abilities Dance Boston as it shines in the Arboretum landscape. The trailblazing company will bring original musical scores, choreography, and audio descriptions, ASL, and CART to make the work accessible in the spirit of universal design enjoyed by all.

    More Information Coming Soon
  • Oct 07
    Oct 09

    Art Show | The Art of the Woodturner

    For the sixth year, woodturners from throughout New England will exhibit their work at the Arboretum. Using a lathe to form their pieces, woodturners create practical objects or “turn” to the purely aesthetic, resulting in a show that appeals to the eye and the touch. (Image: "Cherry Root Bowl," Steve Wiseman)

    Exhibition Opens October 7
  • Oct 15

    Crabapple and Maple Festival

    Celebrate fall color at the Arboretum! With species of maples and crabapples from around the world, the Arboretum’s autumnal palette is unrivaled. Join the festivities for a guided tour, children’s activities, and more.

    More Information Coming Soon
  • Oct 21
    Feb 12

    Art Show | Intricate Beauties: The Lichen-Embossed Ceramics of Natalie Andrew

    Ceramics provide a vehicle for Natalie Andrew’s exploration into the sublime aesthetics inherent in lichen. An artist and a biologist, Andrew was permitted by the Arboretum’s curation department to obtain lichen specimens from our collections. The resulting works highlight the texture and depth of lichen against the flat, matte surface of ceramic.

    Exhibition Opens October 21
  • Oct 25

    Director’s Series | Obsessions: Fellow Organisms in the Arnold Arboretum

    Join the Arnold Arboretum’s Director William (Ned) Friedman for the annual Director’s Series! To celebrate the Arboretum’s sesquicentennial, this year’s series will explore the Magic and Meaning of a Garden of Trees. Over the course of four sessions, we will trace the Arnold’s significance in the landscape architecture movement, value for the people of Boston, and leadership in creating global connections between plants and people. This session will be a talk from the Director. The program is free and will be offered both in person and livestreamed.